Examples of our work

Big Win Philanthropy is proud to support a number of exciting and important projects, some of which are profiled below. Click on any of the summaries to see a more detailed description.

Ghana Education Partnership

With 40% of Ghana’s population under 15 years old, investment in education and skills training is essential for equipping the next generation for the world of work and setting the foundations for sustainable economic development. But, despite successive governments’ investments in education, as well as attaining universal access to primary education, Ghana still battles with low learning outcomes.
2% of current P2 students proficient in EGRA
70% of P2 students proficient in literacy and numeracy by 2030

The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development

The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center) is the premier institution for the advancement of women in public life across Africa. Building on the legacy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Nobel Peace Prize Winner and the first elected woman head of state in Africa – the EJS Center was founded to be a catalyst for change across Africa, by helping unleash its most abundant untapped power — its women.
30 accomplished women leaders in the two Amujae Initiative cohorts
16 African countries represented

Ethiopia Early Childhood Development Program

The Addis Ababa City Administration, in partnership with the Federal Government, has committed to an integrated plan to reach all children under 7 years’ old with an array of comprehensive programs including universal pre-school, home visits to especially vulnerable families by a new cadre of social workers, the establishment of day care centers, and expansion of public play spaces.
42.3 million Ethiopia's projected urban population by 2037
330,000 low-income households reached by 2025

Multisectoral Nutrition Partnership: Mozambique

Food and Nutrition Security has been a long-term priority of the government of Mozambique but progress in the reduction of stunting has been very slow. Stunting prevalence remains unacceptably high at 43 percent and recognizing the substantial multiple benefits from nutrition for development, the government has prioritized investing in nutrition as a crucial down-payment on future prosperity for the country. Big Win joined forces with Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosario and Graça Machel to bring transformative impact on the multisectoral nutrition response, particularly in terms of elevating nutrition leadership to the highest Political Office in Mozambique...
43% of children stunted in Mozambique
51% of children stunted in Nampula Province

Education Outcomes Fund: Supporting Results-Based Funding for Education in Africa

By 2050, Africa’s population will more than double. It will remain the world’s youngest region, with a median age under 25 years old. This next generation of young Africans has the potential to make a significant positive impact on the economic trajectories of their countries and the continent as a whole.
1/2 of the world's young people could be failing to learn by 2030

Leadership Initiatives

By supporting the next generation of transformational leaders through peer-to-peer collaboration, training, and advisory support, we can help ensure sustainable, country-led development for decades to come.

Big Win is supporting three initiatives focused on advancing transformational political leadership: the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development's Amujae Initiative, and the Obama Foundation’s Africa Leaders Program.

Supporting ministers to be transformational leaders: Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program

Scaled and sustainable development will only be possible through transformational, cross-sectoral, country-led agendas. The challenges posed by growing youth populations and constrained resources are too big for any single person to address alone. But a determined leader can mobilize the political will and resources required to dramatically change their country’s development trajectory.
183 ministers participated since 2012
65 countries represented
121% boost to health ministers’ confidence to meet key challenges
55% boost to finance ministers’ confidence to meet health challenges

Supporting the Government of Ethiopia to end child undernutrition: Seqota Declaration

In July 2015, the Government of Ethiopia announced its multi-year plan to end stunting in Ethiopia. Named after one of Ethiopia’s worst famine-stricken areas, the Seqota Declaration commits to eradicating the underlying causes of chronic undernutrition and ending stunting among children under 2 years by 2030. The Seqota Declaration has been endorsed and embedded into the National Growth and Transformation Plan, making it among Ethiopia’s highest level commitments...
38% of children under five are stunted
16.5% of GDP lost due to undernutrition
2030 target date for eliminating child undernutrition

Unlocking nutrition investment: Banking on Nutrition with the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a new Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan that aims to reduce stunting by 40% amongst African children under five years old by 2025.

In 2017, more than a third of the world’s stunted children under the age of five lived in Africa. It is the only region in the world where the number of stunted children has risen in the past few years...
40% stunting reduction amongst African children under 5 by 2025
50% of AfDB agriculture & health investments nutrition smart by 2025

Upgrading education in Liberia

Years of sustained conflict has left Liberia’s public education system severely challenged in capacity and resources. At the outset of his term in 2015, George Werner, Liberia’s then-education minister, estimated that potentially 10 percent of the national $40 million education budget could be productively redeployed to hire additional teachers and retrain teachers needing support, if “ghost workers” and severely underqualified teachers were removed from the payroll...
$3m+ annual savings to be redeployed
1,800 new teachers hired

Evidence review of violence against children in Africa

Big Win Philanthropy has undertaken an evidence review of the benefits for human and economic development of preventing violence against children. Physical and sexual violence at home, at school and in the community affects around two thirds of all children in Africa and is an economic issue as well as a moral one.

The review is available for download.
2/3 of children in Africa suffer violence
Brain development is impaired
GDP is reduced by around 3-4%
40-60% reduction in violence is achieved by some prevention programs

Youth employment in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is experiencing significant demographic pressure as every year more than 2 million youth enter the labor market, leading to a projected rise in the labor force of more than 30% between 2019 and 2030. More than 17 million people in total will enter the labor market during this period, and ensuring they have access to quality jobs is crucial to the economic growth and development of the country...
2 million+ Ethiopian youth enter the labor market every year
30% projected rise in the labor force between 2019-2030

Other work

Big Win Philanthropy supports other work besides its main programs. One example is support for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and another is Kenya's G-United program for volunteer teachers.
Elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya.
Supporting Kenya's national program for volunteer teachers.

Legacy Projects

Learn more about Big Win Philanthropy's legacy projects in Kenya and Zimbabwe
Human capital development in Kenya
Reduction of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zimbabwe